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Brevard's Best Days Are Still Ahead Of Us

Many of you have heard that “if you are standing still then, in fact, you are getting passed up.” I believe that is true in many respects and certainly true if you are talking about the progress of our community. The Transylvania Times reported...

 
 By Jeni Welch    Opinion    November 12, 2018 

Chuck Evans Is Truly A Jack Of All Trades

Former Navy Lieutenant Chuck Evans, a jack of all trades, is now creating wood furniture in Brevard after flying the A-7 jet airplane and having a career as a broker at Merrill Lynch. "You remember...

 

Ex-Governors: Vote Against Two Amendments

The N.C. General Assembly has had its share of face-offs with the courts. Repeatedly, judges have ruled unconstitutional any laws that would give executive power to the legislature — most recently blocking a legislative raid on the appointment...

 

Guest Column: Why We Need A School Bond

We, the undersigned current and past members of the Transylvania County Board of Education, are appealing to our county commissioners and entire community to not only support the school bond referendum with a vote in favor, but to become actively...

 

TRH To Expand Cancer Services With New Center - Brevard NC

October has come to be associated with breast cancer awareness, but whether a patient is diagnosed with breast, lung, colon, prostate or another type of cancer, Transylvania Regional Hospital is here to help. We’re proud of our expansive services...

 

Living In A Polarized Time

We live in a divided country. And I don’t just mean politically. Our economy is creating winners and losers, with no clear way up the ladder for millions of Americans. The last few decades have produced great inequality of wealth and with it,...

 

City Proud To Replicate Old Railroad Depot - Brevard NC

At the Sept. 17, 2018 meeting of the Brevard City Council, a decision to proceed with the replication of the historic Railroad Depot was made after a presentation and discussion took place. For many, this is the news that has been anticipated for alm...

 

Hydration Is Still Important As Weather Cools - Brevard NC

Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by the local office of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The temperatures are still high, school sports are in full swing and lawn manicuring continues as leaves begin to fall. All of...

 

The Walls Between Us

Many years ago when we lived in Europe, I took this picture in the graveyard in Roermond in the southern part of the Netherlands. For centuries the town was ruled by French, Germans, Spanish and Dutch, as various peoples vied for power and control....

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Get Involved

Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. “The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free...

 

What Does The Pledge Of Allegiance Mean?

You know the Pledge of Allegiance, probably by heart. You may recite it only occasionally, or get the chance several times a week. Sometimes, I’m guessing, you say it mechanically, and other times filled with deep meaning. I hope it’s more often...

 

Bar Members Want Courthouse Downtown

(Editor’s Note: This column was received by the paper Monday after publication and read at the county commission meeting Monday night.) The Transylvania County Bar consists of attorneys who live and practice in Transylvania County. We represent you...

 

Should We Pay Amazon To Come To North Carolina?

The “final 4” is over; now it’s time for the “final 20.” What sport is this, you say? It’s for the “Amazon Cup” – the 50,000 job, multi-billion dollar investment for the cyber retail giant’s second headquarters. North Carolina...

 

Guest Column: Pending Hospital Move Is A Cause For Sincere Concern

By Robert W. Purcell The recent announcement that Mission Health intends to pursue joining HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) comes in a relatively short time following the merger of our local hospital into the Mission Health system along with...

 

The Indispensable Craft Of The Politician

For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill...

 

Guest Column: Mission Health Joining HCA Is Not 'Great News'

The announcement that Mission Health is considering joining the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) as reported in your lead article and the Guest Column by Michele Pilon in the March 26 Transylvania Times has me greatly concerned. Unlike the views...

 

Guest Column: Mission Change Is 'Great News' For Locals

Following the announcement by Mission Health that it has entered discussions with Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare about potentially joining that organization, I was approached by members of the Transylvania Regional Hospital family and the...

 
 By Lee Hamilton    Opinion    March 19, 2018

Guest Column: Congress Tanks - But Do Its Members Care?

We’re at a watershed moment in American political history. Our Congress — I’m talking about the people’s body, the institution created by our founders, and not just the men and women who currently inhabit it — is in deep trouble. And no one...

 

Guest Column: Fire Chiefs Disagree With Flat Tax Proposal

This letter is written to express the collective opinions of the Transylvania County Fire Chiefs Association about the best approach to fund and continue improving fire, rescue and EMS services in Transylvania County. Below we provide some important...

 

Guest Column: Recalling Virginia Tillotson's Last Concert

Fewer than 20 of us attended, but it was a joyous occasion! On Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a pianist friend and I drove the nine miles from College Walk, where we live, to Cedar Mountain House on Highway 276, just past the entrance to Sherwood Forest...

 

Guest Column: Balancing Out The Lobbyists

One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisors,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors” or...

 

Guest Column: Thank You For Giving To Our Community

To the citizens of Transylvania County – thank you for participating. In this season of Thanksgiving we want to take a moment and thank you for your gifts, not merely your donations, but your active participation. Your presence keeps The Bread of...

 

Guest Column: It's What We Do That Counts

I’ve been reminded recently of the old cowboy song, “Home on the Range.” You know the line, “Where never is heard a discouraging word”? That is not the United States right now. It feels like pretty much everywhere I turn, all I hear is...

 

Guest Column: Election Reform Is About More Than Fraud

A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is...

 

Guest Column: Why Support Bipartisanship?

Back in March, two young members of Congress from Texas, Beto O’Rourke and Will Hurd, became brief Internet celebrities. Unable to fly back to Washington because of a snowstorm, the two hit the road together, tweeting and livestreaming their trip...

 

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